Evidence-based ergonomics education: Promoting risk factor awareness among office computer workers

Karthik Mani, Ingrid Provident, Emily Eckel

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) related to computer work have become a serious public health concern. Literature revealed a positive association between computer use and WMSDs. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this evidence-based pilot project was to provide a series of evidence-based educational sessions on ergonomics to office computer workers to enhance the awareness of risk factors of WMSDs. METHODS: Seventeen office computer workers who work for the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy volunteered for this project. Each participant completed a baseline and post-intervention ergonomics questionnaire and attended six educational sessions. The Rapid Office Strain Assessment and an ergonomics questionnaire were used for data collection. RESULTS: The post-intervention data revealed that 89 of participants were able to identify a greater number of risk factors and answer more questions correctly in knowledge tests of the ergonomics questionnaire. Pre- and post-intervention comparisons showed changes in work posture and behaviors (taking rest breaks, participating in exercise, adjusting workstation) of participants. CONCLUSIONS: The findings have implications for injury prevention in office settings and suggest that ergonomics education may yield positive knowledge and behavioral changes among computer workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)913-922
Number of pages10
JournalWork
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • occupational therapy
  • prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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